Attractions

Top Choice Aquarium in Utila

Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Center

This excellent place dedicated to whale shark research has numerous displays about the sharks' biology. The real reason to visit, however, is to join one of the regular snorkeling trips (L1000, 7:30am to noon) and t…
Gardens in Sandy Bay

Carambola Botanical Gardens

These wonderful botanical gardens have well-maintained trails through 40 acres of protected forest, extending up a hillside known as Carambola Mountain. It’s about 1km to the summit, where you can see all the way to…
Wildlife Reserve in Utila

Iguana Research & Breeding Station

Up the hill from the town center, this great place studies and protects the highly endangered Utila iguana (Ctenosaura bakeri), which is known locally as 'the swamper.' Visitors get to see plenty of these fascinatin…
Wildlife Reserve in French Harbour

Arch’s Iguana Farm

The impressive Arch’s Iguana Farm in French Cay is just outside of town. Less a farm than the house of a serious iguana lover, it has iguanas pretty much everywhere you look – on the driveway, in the trees, under bu…
Arts Center in Utila

Utila Art Space

Locals call this amazing Gaudiesque building (designed by the owner of the Treetanic bar) 'the museum', but it's actually a cultural center providing activities for islanders, particularly children. Visitors and vol…
Wildlife Reserve in West End

Roatán Marine Park

Originally set up in 2005 with the aim of protecting the reef system around the West End and Sandy Bay, the Roatán Marine Park now covers the whole island. This nonprofit organization campaigns strongly to conserve …
Beach in Utila

Bando Beach

Utila Town's privately run beach is a bit of an underwhelming affair, but at least you're in an enclosed space with sun loungers and access to a bar for cool drinks. Turn right from the harbor and head to the very e…